Lucy's has been one of my favorite places to hang out in New Orleans for as long as I can remember. I have plenty of stories, from dancing on the bar celebrating college graduation to meeting a group of visitors who inspired some of my best creative writing. But the one story that stands out above all others for me is role that Lucy's played in my 'Happily Ever After.'
My husband and I were destined to be together, we just didn't know it. We were in the same building taking classes at LSU, we attended the same church, saw the same dentist and went to the same restaurants and coffee shops during the workday. We ran into each other all the time, but it wasn't until a night at Lucy's that we decided to take our modest flirting and double-take glances to the next level.
My friend and I were closing our tab at the bar just as he and his friend walked up to order drinks. We noticed each other once again and traded small chat. He asked me to stay for just one more drink, but we just couldn't. Later that night, through mutual friends, there was a message exchanged -- "that girl from Lucy's."
The rest is basically history.
But of course, I had to get the approval of his brother who is also his best friend. So we returned to Lucy's. I'm pretty sure it was his brother's first time there. How do you impress a guy you've never met before and gain acceptance while at Lucy's? You take a Scorpion shot with him... and then when your boyfriend doesn't take his, you take one for the team and take his too. I definitely got the check of approval.
Tyler and I got married in November 2016, and yes, we did toast with our friends at Lucy's during the festivities. Little did I know that less than a year later, I would have the opportunity to join the team that makes Lucy's tick.
Lucy's is special. It's the one place in New Orleans I think of when someone asks for the best place to go for a few drinks. It's the epitome of the melting pot that is New Orleans. Whether you're young or old, visiting or local, Lucy's is a place everyone can make incredible memories.
Sean and I were going through that phase in life when you’re out every single weekend and you have that one favorite bar that your friends can always find you at. For both of us, that bar was Lucy’s. So one night, I was out with a few friends and so was Sean. Some random guy just so happened to be hitting on me and Sean (another random guy to me at the time) thought it would be cute to cut in and say, “Want me to kick his butt for you?” I laughed and walked off from both guys, not even giving either of them the time of day. A couple weeks go by and we start seeing each other out everywhere in New Orleans – Lucy’s, Superior Grill, Red Eye, etc.
I did some quick social media stalking one night and found Sean on Facebook, which led to a friend request. Luckily, Sean accepted! But, the following night Sean and I saw each other out at Lucy’s after a Saints home game, and it was super awkward because we still hadn’t officially met. However, we made constant eye contact the entire night because of the awkward friend request and the instant attraction between us.
I went out for my friend’s birthday one night and I ended up bumping into him again at Red Eye. At this point, we decided to actually talk to each other. We danced all night long, which led to us exchanging phone numbers. Being that it was a super late night, we both were a tad hungover the next day. Needless to say, I didn’t hear from Sean until the next night – but it really felt like I had to wait years to finally get that text message. Little did I know that this would be the start of best days of my life!
We continued to hang out and have tons of fun together. Every single weekend, we would go out to Lucy’s – our friends soon knew it as “Sean and Amanda’s spot”. If anyone wanted to find us while we were out and about in New Orleans, they were sure to find us there at some point – whether if it was before/after a Saints game, after a wedding, after Red Dress Run, a random fun night out, a birthday celebration, or just any occasion that would have us out in the city. On New Year’s Eve, I went to meet Sean at Lucy’s and he tried to make our relationship “official” … because I had just got out of a serious relationship, I turned him down. But a month later at Endymion Extravaganza, I decided it was time to make things official.
Fast forward 2 ½ years, Sean proposed to me at the Intercontinental Hotel in New Orleans. It was truly an amazing night celebrating in the Warehouse District with family and our best friends. We decided to get married in Mexico, so we ended up having New Orleans Bachelor and Bachelorette parties – We both ended up at Lucy’s for our fun weekends and had the time of our lives with our crazy friends. Our wedding was absolutely amazing and we truly couldn’t be happier. Some people say it isn’t always good to meet your significant other in a bar … But every day, I’m thankful that I went through that “always going out” phase at the same time as Sean. If it weren’t for us going out and loving Lucy’s as much as we did, we probably would have never met. Unfortunately, we don’t get to go out as much as we used to, especially because we live on the Northshore. But you can bet that when we are out in Nola, especially during football season or our birthdays, you’ll find us there dancing our hearts out. #LucysIsForLovers